Eight area wrestlers seeking state titles

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HUNTSVILLE — Eight wrestlers from the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area are two matches away from championship gold after winning two opening day matches to begin the AHSAA State Tournament at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.

The Jasper Vikings lead the way with four wrestlers heading to the semifinals and are ranked second in the 1A-5A team rankings with 56 points.

Maney Havis (145 pounds), Preston Reed (152 pounds), Dashton Rush (195 pounds) and Brodie Vinson (285 pounds) remain in contention in the championship bracket, while Ethan Caldwell (106 pounds), Cooper Brooks (126 pounds), Alex Glass (138 pounds), Zach Whitehead (160 pounds), Ja’kelynn Walker (170 pounds) and Moises Sanchez (182 pounds) will continue to battle for placement in the consolation bracket.

Corner has three wrestlers in the semifinals — Nicholas Brashear (182 pounds), Logan Thomas (195 pounds) and Cole Fuller (220 pounds), with Alex Ragsdale (132 pounds) continuing in the consolation bracket.

Dora’s Bubba Henderson (285 pounds) remains in pursuit of a title in the semifinals, while Jayden Rouse (113 pounds), Xander Stewart (145 pounds) and Ethan Meadows (195 pounds) seek placement in the consolation.

The championship semifinals feature a pair of local matchups at the 195-pound weight class between Corner’s Thomas and Jasper’s Rush, and the 285-pound weight class with Jasper’s Vinson facing Dora’s Henderson.

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Friday’s results

Jasper — 2nd, 56 points

Ethan Caldwell - 106 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall,lost championship quarterfinal match.

Antonio Nash - 120 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Cooper Brooks - 126 pounds: Lost first round match, won first round consolation match by 3-1 decision.

Alex Glass - 138 pounds: Lost first round match, won first round consolation match by 14-1 MD.

Maney Havis - 145 pounds: Won first round match by 12-1 MD,won championship quarterfinal match by pinfall.

Preston Reed - 152 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall,won championship quarterfinal match by 9-0 MD.

Zach Whitehead - 160 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, lost championship quarterfinal match.

Ja’kelynn Walker - 170 pounds: Won first round match by 16-7 MD, lost championship quarterfinal match.

Moises Sanchez - 182 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, lost championship quarterfinal match.

Dashton Rush - 195 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, won championship quarterfinal match by 5-0 decision.

Ross McWalters - 220 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Brodie Vinson - 285 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, on championship quarterfinal match by 2-1 decision.

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Corner — 32 points

Calvin Taylor - 113 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Alex Ragsdale - 132 pounds: Won first round match by 11-9 decision, lost in championship bracket quarterfinal

Nicholas Brashear - 182 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, won championship quarterfinal match by 14-6 MD.

Logan Thomas - 195 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, won championship quarterfinal match by 6-0 decision.

Cole Fuller - 220 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, won championship quarterfinal match by pinfall.

Griffin Murphy - 285 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

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Dora — 17 points

Jayden Rouse - 113 pounds: Lost first round match, advanced to the second round of the consolation bracket via forfeit.

Xander Stewart - 145 pounds: Lost first round match, advanced to the second round of the consolation bracket via forfeit.

Ethan Meadows - 195 pounds: Won first round match by 7-6 decision, lost championship quarterfinal match.

Bubba Henderson - 285 pounds: Won first round match by pinfall, won championship quarterfinal match by 4-2 sudden victory